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Welcome to  the website of the Press Council of Ireland and  Office of the Press Ombudsman. 
Established in 2008, we consider complaints about newspapers (print and online), magazines and online-only news publications - view our full list of member publications.

We are independent of government and the press.

There is no charge for making complaints.

The standards our members commit to can be found in the Code of Practice of the Press Council.

We cannot consider complaints about publications that are not members of the Press Council of Ireland, or complaints about broadcasting or advertising.

We also promote press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

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Recent Decisions and News

441/2020 - A Daughter and the Sunday World

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint that the Sunday World breached Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

442/2020 - Ms Dawn Doyle and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has decided that The Irish Times offered to take and took sufficient action to resolve a complaint by Ms Dawn Doyle that Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) and Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland had been breached. Read on

374/2020 - A Woman and The Herald

On the 26 May the Press Ombudsman upheld a complaint that The Herald breached Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on